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Travel with a Time Lord: using media to enhance literacy

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  • Publication: Literacy
  • Date: v. 43, no. 3 (Nov. 2009)
  • Author: Jacqueline Harrett and Theresa Benjamin
  • Page: 134-142
  • Language: English
  • Abstract: This article reports on a UKLA-funded project in which a group of 10 teachers in South Wales were involved. The televised science fiction drama Doctor Who was chosen as the theme as it was based on popular culture as well as being of local and national interest. The main character in this television drama is an alien who can fly through time and space in a machine called the Tardis. The aim of the project was to improve standards in literacy, with writing as a particular focus and make teachers more aware of the effective use of media resources. Teachers were provided with an information pack containing sample lessons but were actively encouraged to implement the project in whichever way they chose. Questionnaires given to teachers before and after the project reflected a more positive attitude towards using media resources at the end. Pupils, aged between 8 and 11 years old, were given writing journals as part of the project and focus groups interviewed. It proved difficult to ascertain if standards had improved although pupil enthusiasm was a recognisable feature. The value of learning across the curriculum was another element that emerged during the course of the project. Results indicated that more training is required to enable teachers to use media resources and cross-curricular approaches more confidently in their teaching.


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  • APA 6th ed.: Benjamin, Jacqueline Harrett and Theresa (v. 43, no. 3 (Nov. 2009)). Travel with a Time Lord: using media to enhance literacy. Literacy p. 134-142.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Benjamin, Jacqueline Harrett and Theresa. "Travel with a Time Lord: using media to enhance literacy." Literacy [add city] v. 43, no. 3 (Nov. 2009), 134-142. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Benjamin, Jacqueline Harrett and Theresa. "Travel with a Time Lord: using media to enhance literacy." Literacy, edition, sec., v. 43, no. 3 (Nov. 2009)
  • Turabian: Benjamin, Jacqueline Harrett and Theresa. "Travel with a Time Lord: using media to enhance literacy." Literacy, v. 43, no. 3 (Nov. 2009), section, 134-142 edition.
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